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Topic: Autumn Elise shawl dyed with red and yellow onion skins (lots of pics!)  (Read 27717 times)
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« on: September 01, 2011 01:22:22 PM »

This has been my big summer project and I'm happy to be able to share it with you now!  Cheesy

It all started with a lucky girl who was given a raw fleece of local sheep (sorry don't know what kind of sheep):

And then I started spinning most of the white wool on my drop spindle. I left some brown/grey pieces in it on purpose, for a nice effect.

and spinning..

And after days of almost non-stop spinning I had 10 skeins of (almost) white yarn.

At our local greengrocer I've been collecting onion skins, because after eating onion soup, pasta with onions, onion bread, etc...I thought this would be a quicker way  Wink
And with some help from internet and the book Wild Colour (can be found on Amazon) I started dyeing...
I used iron and alum mordant to prepare the fibers and then yellow skins for yellow/orange and red skins for a green colour.

Et voil, le rsultat:

The more orange coloured one on the left is made with iron mordant + yellow skins.
The greens are beautiful moss green, but somehow my camera won't catch the right colour.

On my holiday in the North of France I started the real work. First, making workable balls of yarn.

And then the crocheting! I used the "Elise shawl" pattern from Ravelry, but in stead of adding the picot edging I decided to make it more my own style and made braids at both ends with knots (sorry, don't know the appropiate English term, but you see what I mean  Wink)


and done! (shown by the legal heir of the shawl  Wink)

And this is how I'll be wearing it (it looks a bit small this way, because part of it is folded):

Merci et au revoir!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011 01:27:55 PM »

That is AMAZING and beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 01:35:30 PM »

From sheep to shawl...what a lovely project...you must be so proud to have done it all yourself!

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011 02:00:55 PM »

This is really beautiful!  I love the color gradient in it, and the lace pattern complements the yarn so well.  Gorgeous!

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011 02:06:00 PM »

This is so beautiful!  I love the variety of colors you got from the onion skins.  Nice work!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2011 03:38:32 PM »

I love the colors and the pattern.  You did a great job.

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011 03:43:43 PM »

This is absolutely great!!!  Love the onion skin variation!

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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011 03:49:33 PM »

Love the natural dying technique and it looks beautiful on you!

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2011 05:06:24 PM »

I love that you started with a fleece. So beautiful.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2011 05:28:39 PM »

This is fantastic! What a process!

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